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    infinitive or gerund

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by wording the following two sentences?

    Canít you see your way to do it for eight thousand after all?

    Martin could reply nothing. There was no way of explaining.

    Could you explain to me why in the first sentence have to be used infinitive but in the second Ė gerund?

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: infinitive or gerund

    You can use either, equally.

    Can’t you see your way to do it for eight thousand after all?
    Can't you see your doing it for eight thousand after all?
    Can't you see doing it for eight thousand after all?
    Can't you do it for eight thousand after all?

    Martin could reply nothing [s/b "not reply"]. There was no way of explaining.
    Martin could not reply. There was no way to explain.

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    Re: infinitive or gerund

    Hi jlinger,

    Thank you for your interest in my wording.

    What is your opinion on the matter in the following sentences?

    He was always the first to enter the dining-room and the last to leave.

    The next to arrive was Roger.

    The three aimple tenses obviously cover all possible time: time now, time gone by, and time to come.

    We have no time to lose.

    There are a hundred and fifty things to do.

    There was nothing to see.

    She waited till the persons to be passed stood up.

    He looked again at the shelves of books to be read and understand.

    There was nothing to be done about it.

    The desire to write was stirring in Martin once more.

    Suddenly she felt the need to speak.

    He had little hope of making them understand it because he did not understand it himself.

    My reason for coming to Iping was a desire for solitude.

    There were reasons for the editors refusing his stuff.

    I my humble opinion there is a rule when you nave to use infinitive or gerund. I donít know how to put it into words. Usually the action which is expressed by infinitive is more concrete and always is related to coming space of time but the action which is expressed by gerund usually left uncertaint.

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    #4

    Re: infinitive or gerund

    Dont try to come up with "rules" - you must look at HOW the words are used in the sentence!

    Suddenly she felt the need to dance.
    Suddenly she felt the need for dancing.
    Suddenly she felt like dancing
    Suddenly she felt like she wanted to dance.

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    Re: infinitive or gerund

    but still, there are certain rules, which are worthy to remember!

    infintive:
    - intended action, still to be carried out
    - sth. to happen in particular case
    - not a fact but probable or possible

    gerund (or -ing form):
    - general preference/dislike
    - action taking place or which has already taken place
    - sth. taken for granted (a fact)
    - well-known method/skill

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